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smokingmonkey
« on: September 05, 2005 09:03:45 AM »

I've been making these for a while, the dark ones - started out as a placemat. When I went looking for more of the placemats, I discovered that they came in other colors, and that the placemats were featured on an HGTV craft show, and that the $2 placemats were being sold on ebay for $15! After more searching, I found more for way less, and so now I'm making them in three shades - I'll probably sand and paint some too.




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« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2005 09:33:17 AM »

Wow - what kind of placemat looks that cool?
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« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2005 09:35:28 AM »

Those are really neat. I'd like to know what kind of placemat you used too.
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« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2005 10:32:45 AM »

those look great.
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« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2005 10:35:04 AM »

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« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2005 10:50:53 AM »

This is what they start out looking like:



They're strung together with nylon fishing line and strips of plastic. I cut them apart, polish them up a little, and put them together with 16g sterling wire.
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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2005 10:54:46 AM »

Cool! I've never seen any like that!
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« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2005 11:38:10 AM »

Where did you find those placemats? I want some for my table. The bracelets rock too.
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« Reply #8 on: September 10, 2005 07:31:53 AM »

oh thats awesome, are you selling or trading? Grin
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« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2005 07:49:48 AM »

where did you get the placemats?
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« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2005 09:55:06 AM »

Fabulous!
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« Reply #11 on: September 11, 2005 05:44:19 PM »

really really neat. im thinking a longer string of them would make a really rockin belt.
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« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2005 02:30:46 PM »

oh thats awesome, are you selling or trading? Grin

I'm selling *and* trading. Smiley
Actually just did a trade for some really beautiful handspun yarn.

There are a few places online that sell the placemats, just google bamboo, tile, placemat.

As for a belt, I think my attention span is too short, and I'm not sure the wire would hold up to a lot of pressure, but that would be cool for sure. Hmmmm..... This gives me some ideas though....
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« Reply #13 on: September 15, 2005 10:43:05 AM »

Those are really awesome and VERY well done.
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I'm selling *and* trading. Smiley
Actually just did a trade for some really beautiful handspun yarn.

There are a few places online that sell the placemats, just google bamboo, tile, placemat.

As for a belt, I think my attention span is too short, and I'm not sure the wire would hold up to a lot of pressure, but that would be cool for sure. Hmmmm..... This gives me some ideas though....

Is it possible to do that using a stretchy cord/string to make it hold up a tad better?  I love stretchy bracelets because I always fumble with the bracelet clasps  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2005 11:45:28 AM »

I started out making them with stretchy rubber cord. It worked ok.
The silver looks a lot nicer though, more finished, because you see a lot of the stringing material since the holes go through the long way instead of the short way - the silver becomes part of the design instead of just the material holding it together. ...and the silver is quite strong in a larger gauge and works great as a bracelet... but when I look at how messed up my belts get from belt loops, I don't think they'd hold up as belts. It took multiple tries to get it right with the rubber cord. Also, they end up overlapping that way because of where the holes are.

The clasp on these are really easy, it's just a hook and eye of wire.
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« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2005 09:37:16 AM »

Hi Your bracelets are wonderful. Just wondering.. do you glue the silver wire to the tiles?
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« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2005 09:52:13 AM »

Nope, no glue, there's two sets of holes through each tile and the wire goes through them, kind of like how a watch band is made.

Sometime after February, you can see me on "That's Clever" on HGTV making one of these. Cheesy
(Unfortunately I put it together really fast, so the one they show on tv is really crooked. wah!)

I've got so many of these tiles now, I might start selling little kits to make your own.
(Like - $6 for Tiles and instructions or $12 for Tiles, instructions, and pre-cut sterling wire.)
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« Reply #18 on: November 17, 2005 04:09:26 PM »

you can find them at bed bath and beyond and linens and things.
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« Reply #19 on: November 19, 2005 06:42:30 PM »

Sweet!
I looked a while ago and didn't find them. The ones I ordered weren't quite the color I expected. I'll have to go check that out! Thanks!
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